Government rolls out the heavy iron to protect Obama's inauguration ceremony

While Barack Obama takes the oath of office today, the FBI, Secret Service and other federal agencies have rolled out the heavy machinery to protect him and millions of onlookers. Besides formidable machine guns, missiles, secret spy gear and all types of classified, unmentioned weaponry, the FBI will be using trucks and containers commonly seen in Iraq to protect against improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Pictured above are two highlights of the big iron employed by the government, featuring an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle that's able to shrug off explosions. And check out that ominous orb, a bomb containment vessel which can cart away explosives, or even detonate them inside itself with no harm done to bystanders. Check out the gallery below for more. Impressive, but it's too bad we need this stuff at all.

Via NewScientist